THE 2018 Orange Wine Festival started with a bang on Friday night courtesy of one the event’s traditional highlights.
The Grand Ballroom at The Hotel Canobolas was packed with people for the Orange Wine Show Tasting and Masterclass.
The evening afforded ticket holders the chance to sample the wines which had wowed the judges at last week’s show, including the trophy- and medal-winning labels.
In between bending their elbows guests also sampled some local produce.
The masterclass was hosted by winemaker and 2018 'Young Gun of Wine' Top 50 Will Rikard Bell, who guided the guests through what makes some of the Orange region’s wines so special.
Thefestival continues with a full program of events at various spots across the region through to Sunday, October 21.
SIGNATURE EVENTS OF THE ORANGE WINE FESTIVAL STILL TO COME ...
- Orange Wine Festival Night Market, Friday, October 19: A family affair in Robertson Park that includes over 50 stallholders, offering the best wine and food from the region. Gold coin entry.
- The Vino Express, Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21: For the first time, the Vino Express will run over both weekends of the festival. An all-inclusive weekend package. Departing Sydney Central Station. Includes accommodation, transport, behind-the scenes wine tastings, fine-dining experiences and tickets to ‘Wine in the Vines’. Package cost $897 per person based on twin share.
- Wine in the Vines, Saturday, October 20: Explore the vineyards, meet the winemakers and experience a roving lunch on a bus-about adventure. Tickets $149 per person.
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